A 22-year-old man suspected of shooting five middle-aged white men since last year — including four on south Kansas City walking trails — once threatened to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” reports the Kansas City Star. Fredrick Demond Scott, who is black, was charged this week in two killings and named as a suspect in three more. He made those statements in January 2014 at Center Alternative School, as documented in a municipal citation for harassment. All his alleged victims were white men between the ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street.
Scott’s mother said he refused to get treatment for his paranoid schizophrenia but did not show any hatred toward white people. “As far as I know Fredrick never had a problem with white people,” his mother said. “He would do odd jobs for people and some of those people were white men.” Police said they did not know if the shootings were racially motivated. After his arrest, Scott told detectives he was angry about the 2015 shooting death of his half brother, Gerrod H. Woods, 23, who was one of two men fatally shot during a robbery. Last week, the man convicted in those killings, who is black, was sentenced to 45 years in prison.